Recently 9 year old Martha Payne decided she wanted to blog about school lunch in her Scottish town. Many of her lunches were uninspiring, so she began bringing her camera to school and snapping pictures. On her blog called Neverseconds, she writes about her meals. She keeps track of things like taste (“food-o-meter”), health and price. If she forgets her camera, she draws a picture of the meal. To be fair, she does not criticize all the meals. Some are favorable. Initially, school officials were not amused and they ordered her to take down the blog. But the little girl was not to be denied and fought back. Due to increasing pressure from her blog fans, the school council decided to let her continue with her project. In addition to raising awareness about the importance of quality school lunches, it even looks like she has been able to raise money for charity! Way to go Martha!
I received a comment yesterday about school lunches that I think is worth repeating here. Sending your child to school with a packed lunch will give you much greater control over his or her diet. It probably comes as no surprise that, across the board, our school lunches are not good. I had suggested using lettuce leaves instead of bread (I use the large Romaine lettuce leaves). Indeed, that would be messy in a school lunch. I’ve also used slices of cheese outside the deli meat without condiment added. Finally, I would check out Eat Like a Dinosaur by The Paleo Parents. I LOVE THIS COOKBOOK. There are some recipes with small amounts of sugar and dairy, but if you used this with your kids on a daily basis, they would be much healthier. I’ve been showing it to about every parent that will let me. Anyway, there is a wonderful chapter in the book on how to pack school lunches. They basically use a compartmentalized lunch box that would serve as it’s own “lunch tray”. Something like the Bento Laptop Lunch Box or the Goodbyn. I love the idea so much that I want to start using it with my own kids.